Mira Jacob

This week’s episode takes listeners into the world of graphic books and their exploding popularity with guest Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk. This is an eye-opening conversation for any writer about how to measure what’s essential to your writing, why to experiment with form, and why visual elements are complementary and supportive of our reading experiences rather than detracting. A celebration of the graphic form in all its manifestations!


Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Her graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a best book of the year by Time, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. It is currently in development as a television series with Film 44. She is currently the visiting professor at MFA Creative Writing program at The NewSchool, and a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College. She’s the author of the novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Takeaway: Take a Stab at a Multimedia Project

It’s super inspiring and pretty amazing that Mira tackled this project without having a background as an illustrator/designer. If you take a look at her book, you can see that she uses all sorts of fun visual stuff—album covers, personal photos, maps, and more. Her layouts are funky and fun and even if you just tackled a single page, or a single spread, drawing your story like this will open up unexpected possibilities.

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